At least 19 people, including nine children, have died after a fire broke out in an apartment block in New York, officials have said.

"The impact of this fire is going to really bring a level of pain and despair in this city," Mr Adams said during a press conference at the scene.

According to the New York City Fire Department ( FDNY ), the 5-alarm fire broke out just before 11am on Sunday morning, beginning in the second and third floors of a building on East 181st Street.

the fdny said approximately 200 firefighters to put out the blaze.

he added that 63 people were injured, 32 with life-threatening injuries.

Mayor Eric Adams called it "a horrific, horrific painful moment for the City of New York".

At Sunday's press conference, FDNY Commissioner Daniel Nigro said firefighters arrived at the scene within three minutes of the 911 call.

Dramatic footage shows firefighters rushing to rescue residents (Picture: NYCFireWire)

'This smoke extended the entire height of the building, completely unusual,' he said.

Members found victims on every floor, in stairways. ” Mr Nigro said the fire began in a duplex apartment spanning two floors of the building, and spread quickly because its door was open.

"how the fire started we don't know yet," he said.

Nineteen people have died in the worst fire in New York for 30 years.

It’s not yet clear what caused the fire, which was contained to one flat (Picture: FDNY)

The five-alarm blaze erupted shortly before 11 am on the third floor of a 19-story building at 333 East 181st Street in the Bronx.

We looked out the windows and saw all the dead bodies they were taking with the blankets,' Cristal Diaz, who lives in the fifth floor of the building, told the New York Post.

Nigro said many of the victims suffered smoke inhalation and that he fears there may be numerous fatalities.

'Members found victims on every floor in stairwells. '

Smoke from an apartment fire billowed throuughout the building (Picture: Getty)

More than 30 people are believed to have suffered severe damage to their airways after smoke from the flat billowed throughout the 19-storey building, located in a deprived area of the Bronx, on Sunday morning.

others show a firefighter cradling a rescued baby, victims on stretchers, and a woman covered in soot.

it is not yet clear what caused the fire.

Another apartment building in the Bronx had to be evacuated due to a fire caused by an e-bike battery which spread from the second to the top floor on Saturday morning.

Most of the injuries are believed to have been caused by smoke inhalation (Picture: FDNY)

Let us know at webnews @ The fire itself is understood to have started in a third floor apartment.

The commissioner was referring to the 1990 Happy Land social club fire, which killed 87 people.

A man angry at having been jilted by his former girlfriend, who worked at the coat check-in, set the club on fire following a heated argument.

The blaze is said to have taken a couple of hours to get under control.

The city's Office of Emergency Management tweeted a warning to nearby residents to close open windows and avoid smoke.

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